Finalists for inaugural Jerry Rice Award announced

Finalists chosen for Jerry Rice AwardsBy Tucker Harrington

The 20 finalists for this year's Jerry Rice Award were announced this past Tuesday, and the list is nothing short of impressive, according to Fox News.

This is the inaugural year of the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the freshman of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision. It is named after the iconic Jerry Rice, who started his amazing career at Mississippi Valley State University, where he broke records and became a two-time All-American.The finalists are chosen by a panel of 150 sports experts – media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries, according to the news source.

The finalists are from all over the country including Christain Bryan from Youngstown State, Mike Crutcher of Missouri Sate, Julian Hayes of Monmouth, David Johnson of Northern Iowa, Dillion Lucas of Villinova and Austin Sumner of South Dakota State, the media outlet reports.

According to the news channel KELO-TV, the finalist will be awarded during a national awards banquet, which is presented by the The Sports Network, in Frisco, Texas, on January 6, the day before the FCS national championship game.